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Diving into discs by Castle, Bob Kendall, and more

Odds and ends
This is the perfect time of year to catch up on the endless goodie sack of music coming down the pipe on a weekly basis (and please keep it coming).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 15, 2012

7 days a week!

From Roomful of Blues to Gut Bucket
A full seven days of action on the live circuit! No excuses — get out there.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 09, 2012


Whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on at AS220’s Foo Fest

Bounce to this!
Get ready to work up a nice lather dancing the entire day away at AS220's annual block party known as Foo Fest.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  August 07, 2012


Lolita Black rips Flesh, Blood, and Bone

Too loud to ignore
Bob Otis is feeling it. Just prior to taking the stage for the official record release show last weekend at AS220, the guitarist and co-founder of Lolita Black, PVD's reigning heavy-goth-metal foursome, hands over a vinyl copy of Flesh, Blood, and Bone .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 31, 2012


B. Dolan rules House of Bees Vol. 2 and Church of Love & Ruin

Bless the mic
Mission accomplished for B. Dolan on his latest release, House of Bees Vol. 2 (Strange Famous Records) — he set out to "shatter all expectations conjured by the word 'mixtape.' "
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 25, 2012


Sound Session 2012 hits the streets

Rocking the block
The block is hot (like, stifling hot) and about to get hotter as the capital city's grandest music and dance festival — the eighth annual Sound Session — once again descends upon Downcity.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 11, 2012


One-on-one with the master of the riff

Breaking Burr
Bill Burr is a busy man. The New England native now resides in Los Angeles, so I'm hoping he's on the East Coast when I'm instructed to call promptly at 9 am EST for a 30-minute phoner to promote his return to the Newport Yachting Center (limited tix still available at
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 10, 2012

Skinny Millionaires back on the prowl with Easy Tiger

Full circle
When talking up Lil Rhody's indie-folk-Americana-blues explosion, be sure to toss the Skinny Millionaires in that conversation.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  July 03, 2012


Doomsday Student are what they are

Apocalypse now
Drummer Craig Kureck, guitarists Steve Mattos and Paul Vieira, and vocalist Eric Paul comprise Doomsday Student, though the Heaven's Gate-inspired promo pic (with the quartet all sporting orange Pumas in place of the white Nike Cortez) prohibits visual identity.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 27, 2012


William Moretti and his Denver Boot work moody magic

Close to the heart
Best bet of the week on the live circuit goes down on Saturday when the Denver Boot headlines a CD release party for their debut, 6 to 9, 7 . . . 12 .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 19, 2012


Jonah Tolchin’s Criminal Man is a product of the environment

Straight outta Shannock
As if there was any question regarding the impassioned subject matter found on Jonah Tolchin's recent full-length debut Criminal Man , the 19-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist decidedly sets me straight during our interview earlier this week.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  June 05, 2012


Jon Hope goes with the flow on Work In Progress

Poetry in motion
"It's all about expanding the brand for me in this day and age," says expert Rhody lyricist Jon Hope while recalling his multimedia promotional endeavors since we last caught up.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 29, 2012


Fairhaven makes it epic on Plan A

From Cumberland to Cali with love
I never imagined Fairhaven's arena-sized piano-pop rock sound could get any more "mature and polished" than the swooning anthems on their 2010 debut Origins , but that's how Fairhaven lead singer Alan Connell described the new album, Plan A , when he sent a copy my way a few weeks back. He wasn't kidding.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 22, 2012


Welcome back, Broadcaster

Here they go again
Local indie rock greats Broadcaster may have finally come out from under the proverbial (and literal) black cloud that followed them around for most of last year.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 15, 2012


Raindance are ready to rage

Blood makes noise
Post-punk quintet Raindance returns with a new EP titled New Blood .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 08, 2012


Vudu Sister’s new CD; and Girls Rock! RI hits the ’90s

Wild weekend
There are two big shows of note to squeeze into your stacked Cinco de Mayo social calendar this weekend, starting with the Vudu Sister album release show on Friday, followed by a stellar lineup of local acts covering '90s-era classics on Saturday when Girls Rock! Rhode Island presents "Cover Grrrls."
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  May 01, 2012


The Tower & the Fool are all fired up for How Long

Nothing to lose
"We don't really have a plan for the band. All we are concerned with at the moment is writing songs that we love and having some fun. If it takes off — great, and if it doesn't, no one is going to be upset.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 24, 2012


Volcano Kings’ trippy soundtrack for Trash Can City

Pawtucket-based instrumental syndicate Volcano Kings celebrates its full-length debut release, 11 Ways to Avoid Death in Trash Can City , with a hometown throwdown next weekend at the News Cafe.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 17, 2012


Here they come: the Small Factory reunion show!

Happy to see
For those of us continually pining and praying for more early '90s indie-rock reunions (Archers of Loaf, the Promise Ring, and the Afghan Whigs all on tap this year!), we just scored a big one on the local front ...
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 11, 2012


The General Assembly’s State of the Union series

Building a bridge
Don't worry, we ain't talking politics here.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  April 03, 2012

The Rice Cakes take the WBRU Rock Hunt title

And the winner is ...
A jam-packed crowd rocked out at the Met on Friday, and the highly-appreciative bands clearly fed off the energy throughout the evening.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 27, 2012

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